Intel Apollo Lake Processors To Target 2-in-1 Convertibles And Outperform Braswell By 30 Percent

One of the fastest growing segments right now is the 2-in-1 detachable category. These systems offer the portability of a tablet with the full functionality of a laptop in a single form factor, and they're proving much more popular than standalone tablets. To ensure ongoing interest in 2-in-1 devices, Intel is readying new Apollo Lake processors that will kick performance up a notch.

Intel's Apollo Lake processors are scheduled to release in the second half of this this year. They're a new family of low power SoCs designed to replace Cherry Trail and Braswell. As previously announced, they'll feature Goldmont CPU cores built on the same 14nm manufacturing process as Intel's Airmont cores found in Cherry Trail SoCs.

Apollo Lake Slide
Source: Paul Jackson (Anandtech)

The aim has always been for Apollo Lake to power 2-in-1 devices, Chromebooks, tablets, and cheap ultraportables. Apollo Lake is the successor to Braswell and will be branded under Intel's Celeron and Pentium N and J series, though Intel hasn't mentioned any specific model numbers or details like clock speeds. However, it did talk about performance at Computex.

Paul Jackson posted a few picture of slides from an Intel event last week at Computex. According to Intel, Apollo Lake will up the ante with 30 percent better CPU and graphics performance compared to Braswell. Apollo Lake will also boast 15 percent longer battery life, support for USB Type-C, and support for various memory standards including DDR3L, LPDDR3, and LPDDR4.